UNESCO Cairo Office
At UNESCO Office Premises in Cairo, Under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Education and Technical Education, UNESCO Cairo office in partnership with Adult Education Authority and Regional Centre for Adult Education Sirs El Layyan, organised a national celebration of International Literacy Day (ILD) 2023 in Egypt with the active participation from all the relevant stakeholders in the field of Adult Education.
Dr Nuria Sanz, OIC UNESCO Regional Office in Cairo, with of H.E Dr. Reda Hegazy, Minister of Education and Technical Education, along Dr Mohamed Yehia Nassef, President, Adult Education Authority & Dr Khaled Khedr, Director, UNESCO Regional Centre for Adult Education Sirs El Layyan celebrated (ILD) by highlighting Egypt’s key efforts to promote literacy for a world in transition. Some of the efforts include that:
o Egypt is currently developing a national Lifelong Learning Strategy to ensure learning opportunities for all, especially the most disadvantaged populations.
o The country is the first of five pilot countries of the Global Education Coalition and Global Alliance for Literacy (GEC-GAL) initiative to enhance literacy educators’ effective use of technologies in literacy instruction and learning.
UNESCO Cairo supports Egypt in developing a lifelong learning strategy. In collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, UNESCO Cairo supports the nominated national team as they participate in online and face-to-face workshops to formulate a lifelong learning strategy. UNESCO Cairo also offers its technical and logistical support to the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, including by serving as a Secretariat to support this effort. Additionally, UNESCO Cairo would like to take the initiative to convene and coordinate a national Working Group on Literacy and Adult Education. This will of course be under the auspices of H.E. the Minister.
Today, UNESCO Cairo Office unveiled a new ambitious initiative titled Women, Family & Community, a new comprehensive teaching and learning package for Egyptian women is being developed by UNESCO Cairo, the Adult Education Authority, and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. Empowering women through the acquisition of essential skills and knowledge is a step towards gender equality and sustainable development in Egypt. In light of this, the WFC project is a transformative initiative that aims to empower disadvantaged Egyptian women, their families, and their communities by equipping them with knowledge and skills essential to thrive in the modern world. The project revolves around developing an updated teaching and learning package that responds directly the current needs and realities of these women.
Literacy and numeracy are a driver for sustainable development. They empower individuals and are the foundation for acquiring further knowledge, skills and competencies that are essential for better work, care for the environment and quality of life; and this is what UNESCO Cairo Office in cooperation with the Ministry of Education aim to achieve together.
Literacy Day Webpage: https://www.unesco.org/en/days/literacy
Link to the UNESCO Director General’s message: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000382510/PDF/382510eng.pdf.multi